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While breeds don't necessarily make the dog or cat, they can
tell us a lot about what to expect in appearance, behavior and other
characteristics. It's important to do a little research before you adopt a
new pet into your family.
These are a
must-have to keep your pet healthy and in compliance with Sedgwick County
Animals often are more resilient to changing weather, but extreme weather
affects them as much as it affects their owners.
When temperatures rise:
Bring your pets inside – if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your
pets, especially pets with thick fur. Just imagine wearing a
fur coat during the summer – uncomfortable and dangerous!
Provide plenty of fresh water – if you wouldn’t drink it, your pets
Make sure your pets have access to a shaded area and limit their time
When temperatures fall:
Bring your pets inside – even animals with thick coats can freeze in cold
weather. If your pet is shivering, it’s too cold for him/her.
A dog house should be insulated, adequate bedding provided, and the
opening should face south to avoid the cold northern winds blowing inside.
Make sure your pet’s water isn’t frozen.
Animals need room to roam and a safe place to sleep. Do your
fences, houses and chains meet these guidelines?
Dogs must remain on leashes or in fenced yards when
Dogs should not be able to jump over fences or squeeze
Insulated houses, especially in the winter, are
important for your dog.
Splinters, jagged edges, exposed nails and holes
should be repaired.
Bedding should be washed regularly and kept dry.
Place the house in a shaded area in the summer and point the opening so
the wind does not blow in (usually south) in the winter.
Only use chains, ropes or other materials to "tie up" your pet
temporarily and when you are nearby. Do not tie up your dog (or any
pet) as a permanent means of
Allow 10 or more feet in chain or rope to let your dog
move around easily.
Make sure the chain or rope is an appropriate size –
if it’s too heavy, it can harm your pet.
Make sure your dog can’t get caught on a
fence, deck or other obstruction that might cause harm.
Make sure your dog can reach shade, water and
protection from the weather.
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for pets, including food, exercise, grooming, pet supplies and training.
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